Careers and Employability

Employability and transferable skills

Studying Physics at Swansea University will give you detailed insight into the fundamental laws underlying all of Nature - from quantum mechanics, describing quarks and gluons, to Einstein's theory of gravity, relevant for the Universe on cosmological scales.  

Along the way you will learn a number of indispensable skills for life, which will make you well prepared for what comes after graduation.  

Our physics students excel in:  

  • Problem solving - studying physics gives you a pragmatic and analytical approach to problem solving. You break down tasks to basic elements and use imagination and creativity to solve challenging problems.      
  • Reasoning - you are trained in constructing logical arguments, applying analytical skills and grasping complex problems.      
  • Numeracy - you will be highly skilled in employing mathematics to solve scientific problems, create mathematical models and interpret and present information graphically.      
  • Practical skills - during lab sessions and in project work you plan, execute and report on experiments, using advanced technical equipment. Attention to detail is crucial.      
  • Communication - tutorials, joint practical work and final-year presentations will teach you to communicate complex ideas and use technical language correctly and efficiently.      
  • Information and communication technology  - the use of computers and digital tools, with highly specialized software packages, is fully integrated, and access to high-performance computing resources is provided.  
  • You will become skilled in both independent and teamwork.  A proper organisation of your time, with continuous assessment throughout the terms and examination twice a year, is indispensible.

Physics graduates have a wide range of job opportunities. Employers include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry, including aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications.  Many physics graduates pursue a career outside of physics, e.g. in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities.